Boston University Awarded Brain Trauma Research Grant

Recently, New England Council member, Boston University (BU), was named a co-recipient of a $6 million cooperative grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Funding for the grant has been provided through a collaborative effort of the NIH, the National Football League (NFL), and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). Research taking place at Boston University’s School of Medicine seeks to study the effect of repetitive head trauma incurred by former football players. The grant will help researchers improve the diagnosis of concussions and will be shared with scientists their results through a national tissue bank and database. The grant also will be used to begin developing a diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, in order to differentiate it from other disorders such as Alzheimer’s.

“We need to be able to predict which patterns of injury are rapidly reversible and which are not. This program will help researchers get closer to answering some of the important questions about concussion for our youth who play sports and their parents,” said Story Landis, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of NIH.

The NIH cooperative grant is also being shared with Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis and is one of eight grants being used to study the long term repetitive brain injuries. The New England Council applauds BU for their dedication to brain trauma research.

Read more in NIH’s press release or BU Today.

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